Daily Grind

The community is continuing to rally around two children orphaned when their mother died of cancer late last month.

Over $10,000 has been raised so far for the care of Colin Rodriguez, 13, and Katalina Rodriguez, 11, both of whom are students at the Springs School. Their mother, Darcy Rodriguez, died on Oct. 30 at the age of 48. They are being fostered by Carla Gagliotti, a longtime friend of Ms. Rodriguez's, in East Hampton. 

Allison Lupo, who knew Ms. Rodriguez, started a GoFundMe.com account just a few days after learning of her death because she wanted to do something to help. About $3,500 was raised one week after Ms. Rodriguez died, and by Tuesday it had grown to $8,990. Ms. Lupo said she has received cash donations at her family's business, Astro Pizza, and has also received checks in the mailing, bringing the total to over $10,000.

"Darcy knew a lot of people, and our community is very giving during tragic times," Ms. Lupo said.

Ms. Rodriguez worked at many deli counters around East Hampton, including Goldberg’s Bagels and Bucket’s Deli. Many remember her raspy voice and how she greeted customers with “Hi, hon.”

Asked if the money was being putting aside for anything specific, Ms. Lupo said it would be used for the children's general care. "In every way, to raise two kids, it takes a lot of money," she said. 

Lucas Rodriguez, Ms. Rodriguez’s cousin, has also set up an account for them. Checks can be sent to him at 55 Glade Road, East Hampton 11937.

There is no doubt about the excitement for the East Hampton High School boys soccer team, which captured the Long Island championship on Sunday. With the players heading to the state final four this weekend in Middletown, N.Y., the high school is organzing a bus for spectators, and the community has been invited to go along for the ride.

The bus will leave East Hampton High School on Saturday at 4 a.m., and return when the game is over. Joe Vasille-Cozzo, East Hampton's atheletic director, said there were 51 seats available at $35 per person. The ride to Middletown is about three and a half hours.  

In order to sign-up, community members must call Patricia Hand in the atletic office to reserve a seat by Wednesday at noon. Checks can be made payable to the East Hampton Student Association. Permission slips for students are also available from Ms. Hand.

If the boys win against Jamesville-DeWitt on Saturday, they will play in the final game on Sunday. The school will try to arrange for a spectator bus for that game, too.

Tuesday is Veterans Day, a time to honor those who have served the country. There are several parades scheduled between Montauk and Southampton, during which the community can applaud and salute the veterans living among us.  

In East Hampton Village, a short parade from London Jewelers on Main Street to the war monument by the Hook Mill will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. A brief ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the march, and then participants will head to the American Legion Hall in Amagansett for an 11th Hour observance to mark Armistice Day.

In Montauk, a Veterans Day ceremony will also take place  at 10 a.m., at the flagpole at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center. Boy and Girl Scouts will raise the flag and sing patriotic songs. Veterans have been encouraged to participate and share a tale if they would like. Coffee and treats will be served afterward indoors.

Over in Sag Harbor, the annual Veterans Day parade from the Civil War monument on Main Street to the Chelberg-Battle Post of the American Legion on Bay Street will take place at 9 a.m. It will be followed by a ceremony.

In Southampton, the Commission on Veterans Patriotic Events will hold a service at 11 a.m. at Agawam Park. A parade honoring veterans will being at 10:45 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church and follow Job's Lane to the park. 

Vinnie Grimes is the Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s person of the year and will be honored at the chamber’s End of Season Gala on Nov. 15 at East by Northeast.

"Vinnie has given a lifetime of service to his community which is why the Montauk Chamber selected him as Person of The Year for 2014,” Laraine Creegan, the executive director of the chamber, said.

Mr. Grimes, a Montauk native, was very involved with scouting and in many other community groups. He was a Boy Scout from the age of 11 and became a Scout leader as well. He's also been an active member of the Montauk Fire Department and served as a fire commissioner. He is in the Lions Club, and was one of the founders of the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

At the gala on Nov. 15, a cocktail hour with an open bar begins at 6:30 p.m., and then it’s dinner and dancing till 11. The cost is $80 per person. Reservations are required, and can be made online through the chamber's website or with payment in the chamber office.

The East Hampton High School boys soccer team will have to wait another day to play for the title. 

The county Class A championship contest against Comesewogue, which was scheduled for Thursday at the Dowling Sports Complex, was postponed due to the weather. It will be played the complex on Friday at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the boys volleyball county Class B championship match against Easport-South Manor will go on as scheduled at the Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Thursday at 6 p.m.

With Tuesday's voting just hours away, Representative Tim Bishop faces an uncertain future as a late Newsday/News 12/Siena College poll puts his challenger, State Senator Lee Zeldin, five points ahead at 50 percent to Mr. Bishop's 45 percent.

The poll, conducted between Oct. 26 and 29, surveyed 670 likely voters in New York's First Congressional District. Thirty-seven percent of respondents were identified as Republican, 31 percent as Democrats, and 28 percent as independent or other. Thirty-seven percent were identified as conservative, 39 percent as moderate, and 20 percent as liberal.

The results are in contrast to a Newsday/News 12/Siena College poll conducted in early September, in which Mr. Bishop held a 10-point advantage.

Amid a feeling of general disgust with a gridlocked federal government and with historical trends favoring the party that does not control the White House in midterm elections, particularly in a president's second term, Mr. Bishop is one of many elected officials playing defense as they try to hold on to their office. Multiple elections for the United States Senate and House of Representatives are seen as toss-ups.

Outside money has poured into the First Congressional District, in which as much as $10 million will be spent. The race pits Mr. Bishop, who is seeking a seventh term, against the state senator who unsuccessfully challenged him in 2008.

The same poll puts Governor Andrew Cuomo ahead of his Republican/Conservative Party challenger, Rob Astorino, by 48 to 41 percent, with the Green Party candidate, Howie Hawkins, drawing 5 percent. State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. are expected to cruise to reelection, facing little known and under-funded opposition.

There are eight polling stations in the Town East of Hampton. Residents of Districts 1 and 15 will cast their vote at East Hampton High School. District 2 residents can vote at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor. Districts 3 and 13 residents vote at the Amagansett Firehouse, and residents of Districts 4, 9, 15, and 17 at the Springs Firehouse. Districts 5, 11, and 16 residents vote at the Emergency Services Building in East Hampton, and residents of Districts 6, 10, 18, and 19 at the Montauk Firehouse. District 7 voters will vote at the Wainscott Schoolhouse, while the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton is the polling place for voters in Districts 8 and 13.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month at the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in Wainscott. Adoption fees are waived for all animals over the age of 6.

While senior pets are often the last to leave the shelter, they make the easiest pets, as they are usually housebroken.

A quick look at ARF Hamptons' website found about 10 dogs over the age of 6, including Shadow, a spayed female, a white-and-tan Siberian husky mix. About 11 years old, she has been at the shelter since October 2013, when her owned surrendered her.

On the feline side, there are also about 10 senior cats. Donald, an 8-year-old neutered orange tabby domestic shorthair, is one of them. He has been at the shelter since January, when he was found as a stray. 

All ARF animals are microchipped and up to date on their vaccines. To see more senior animals visit arfhamptons.org or stop by the Adoption Center at 90 Daniel's Hole Road in Wainscott. 

East Hampton Town police prioritized their sex offender monitoring on Halloween eve, but the department is warning parents and children to use vigilance on the holiday, nonetheless. 

"The initiative consists of several detectives that are conducting intensified supervision of registered sex offenders. Police are visiting the homes of those offenders and conducting random surveillance to ensure compliance with state and local laws," Capt. Chris Anderson said on Friday.

The extra monitoring will continue through Halloween.

Captain Anderson made several recommendations for trick-or-treating. First, he said, make sure older children take friends and stay together. Also, parents should not send younger children out alone, and they should always walk younger children to the door. Children should be told not to go inside a house unless they are with an adult. Lastly, "Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them," he said. 

According to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice, there are seven registered Level 2 and 3 sex offenders living between Wainscott and Montauk. Level 1 sex offenders, who are considered low risk, do not come up on the registry. 

The Parrish Art Museum opened two new exhibitons on Saturday night and presented a performance and talk by two of the artists now on view on Sunday.

A sizable group gathered on Sunday to hear Steven and William Ladd discuss their installation and exhibition "Mary Queen of the Universe," centered on their childhood and Catholic school education in Missouri.

The second show, which demonstrated some interesting parallels to the other exhibition, was a group of works by Alan Shields, a late-20th century artist who lived on Shelter Island and dabbled in fiber, paint, beads, and other materials of art and craft. His large and small-scaled works could take up a table or 18-square feet of gallery floor space, such as the maze that is a centerpiece of this show.

On Sunday, the Ladds presented "Faith," a tall sculpture of minimalist blocks, taking them off one-by-one, and opening them to reveal a low-relief piece within them. Assembled in a grid six cubes long and wide, they formed a landscape that represented the two zones the brothers traversed as children, one a sanctioned world of asphalt and concrete, the other a forest with a creek that was forbidden, because they might get their feet wet.

Many of the artists' works deal with childhood whether it was the ants that infested their house in the summer or a sound their father made when he saw an attractive woman. Both artists made the noise and then enlisted their father, who was there with their mother and friends, to provide the original inspiration.

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